GAA President Christy Cooney has made a statement to referees, telling them that they are volunteers.
Match officials around the country are up in arms over recent Revenue recommendations regarding a reduction in the amount of expenses they should be paid but, according to the Examiner, Cooney has moved to point out that GAA referees are not meant to get paid in the first place:
“We have a dialogue ongoing with the Revenue at the moment and we want to keep that dialogue open to come to a solution that is satisfactory for everybody. These things happen and sometimes people take stances that are not necessary. But we are in a position where we’re going to move this on, that’s our objective. It will be resolved.
We must all remember that people are volunteers in this Association. They are not paid to officiate at matches. They are paid to cover any out-of-pocket expenses that you incur. Our players go out on the field to play and they are not paid, so we need to be conscious of that,” – the Cork native stated.
Cooney’s statement comes in the wake of well heralded gripes from Wexford and Longford referees who have been on the brink of going on strike this week, due to the fact the “Usually the expenses we get don’t even country out petrol costs for travelling to games.”